Continental AG, the German auto and truck parts manufacturing company was commissioned by Fiat Group Automobiles to develop a new infotainment system.
The system will be launched as a radio in its basic form but also as an advanced multimedia system (head unit). Production begins in July 2012. The first Fiat model equipped with the Continental infotainment system will be the brand new Fiat 500 L, which is being produced in Serbia.
The Continental infotainment system will then be rolled out across further models from Fiat/Chrysler.
The new system will offer analogue and digital radio or navigation functions on a 5 inch touch screen. In addition an option to connect digital music sources via USB and to use the hands-free function for smartphones through a bluetooth-interface will be available.
As expected, Continental will use the Microsoft operating system Windows Embedded Automotive and features text-to-speech as well as voice recognition, allowing drivers to utilize functions of the infotainment-system without taking their hands off the steering wheel.
Fiat has already delivered over 2 million vehicles with Blue&Me solutions “on-board”.
Designed to change and adapt with drivers, Blue&Me is among the first vehicular infotainment systems that allows users to download and install applications. For example, drivers can download Fiat’s eco:Drive application at no cost and learn how to improve their driving style to save fuel and reduce the car’s CO2 emissions.